Dec 12th, 2013

The Birds & The Bees on the Holiday Tree

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The 2013 Dominion GardenFest of Lights holiday decor extravaganza at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden features a 2-story (20-foot) “birds-and-bees”-themed densely decorated Holiday Tree in the North Wing of the Conservatory. The images featured here have been altered with basic Adobe Photoshop CS4 […]

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Dec 11th, 2013

Are You Crafty? Join us for Crafty Wednesdays!

by Katelyn Coyle, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Last year’s  Dominion GardenFest of Lights incorporated a new tradition for Wednesday nights, Crafty Wednesdays! As an educator in the Children’s Garden, I was definitely excited to bring a few of the Children’s Garden’s favorite crafts to GardenFest visitors and families. We kicked off  last […]

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Dec 6th, 2013

We Want to See #GardenFest Through Your Eyes

What do Dominion GardenFest of Lights, social media, and your mobile device have in common? Put them all together for chance to win a prize package valued at over $850. One of our favorite parts of GardenFest is seeing it though your eyes. Show us your family traditions, your favorite vistas, your dog enjoying the lights […]

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Dec 4th, 2013

Dominion School for Autism Students Create Wildlife Tree for Birds

  Every year in the Children’s Garden we decorate a chosen tree, the Wildlife Tree,  created with ornaments to feed the squirrels, birds, and other Garden critters during the wintertime. The tree we selected is an 8’ cut evergreen, similar to the Christmas tree you may have in your living room. We also strung lights […]

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Nov 19th, 2013

Dried, Designed & Demonstrative

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Dominion GardenFest of Lights installation is nearly complete at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For 2013, the theme will feature constructions from, or replicating, nature’s jewels — this year’s GardenFest theme after all is A Natural Love Affair. The details are multitudinous […]

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Oct 24th, 2013

Goblins & Gourds is Sunday, Don’t Miss it!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We have so much fun planned for you this Sunday at Goblins & Gourds. Celebrate harvest-time in the Children’s Garden with a concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin painting, seasonal food tasting, hoop dancing and more! It’s a great chance to get outside, […]

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Oct 19th, 2013

How We Do It: Behind the Scenes at Dominion GardenFest of Lights

by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The Conservatory model train display is a visitor favorite at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Dominion Garden Festival of Lights. What makes our display unique is that the horticulture staff create miniature “fairy houses” out of dried botanical materials. The detail on the houses is amazing. Ginkgo […]

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Oct 17th, 2013

Join us for October Oddities in the Children's Garden

By Jasmine Kent, PR and Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden With all the rain and cold weather we’ve experienced this fall, I’m glad I soaked up the last bit of summer at the Garden’s first October Oddities event of the year. I took a break from my regularly scheduled Saturday morning programming of cereal and television reruns […]

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Oct 16th, 2013

Bye-Bye Butterfly: What Happens After Butterflies LIVE! Ends?

by Kendra Norrell, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden During the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, we thoroughly checked visitors to make sure that butterflies  didn’t “hitch-hike” a ride out on clothing or bags. Do you know why butterflies aren’t allowed to leave the exhibit?  Many of the butterflies fluttering around the North Wing of the Conservatory […]

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Oct 5th, 2013

Nine More Days for Butterflies LIVE!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One of our regular visitors, member Michelle Burdiss, is also a talented photographer. She generously allowed us to share some of her favorite photos earlier this year, in a blog post about her family growing up at the Garden. As Butterflies LIVE! comes to a […]

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Oct 2nd, 2013

Bye-Bye Butterfly

Butterflies LIVE! closes in less than 2 weeks. Don’t miss your chance to see hundreds of butterflies fluttering through the North Wing of the Conservatory.  If you’ve seen and loved Butterflies LIVE! come back one last time to say good-bye.  

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Sep 29th, 2013

Behind the Scenes at Butterflies LIVE! — The Emergence Room

by Annie Raup, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A question that the Butterflies LIVE! staff gets asked a lot is, “Where do the butterflies come from?” That’s a great question, since most of the butterflies in the exhibit are tropical.  Here’s  the answer….         But you better visit us soon […]

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Sep 25th, 2013

What do Butterflies Eat?

by Kendra Norrell, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden During the Butterflies LIVE!  exhibit, there have been many guests that point out the butterflies on the floor. While this can be worrisome  at first to those who see it and are concerned about butterflies getting stepped on, it is important to note that the butterflies […]

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Sep 23rd, 2013

Sunny or Cloudy… Either Way, Butterflies Delight!

by Jane Cramer, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Visiting Butterflies LIVE! is a  delightful experience whether you visit on a sunny or cloudy day. Each kind of day has its advantages: SUNNY                                             […]

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Sep 19th, 2013

Ginter's Gem — a Daffodil Named for Ginter

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Aren’t friends great?!  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has so many wonderful friends.  We have friends who are great corporate partners, friends who are members and generous donors, we have over 500 friends who volunteer here at the Garden. But today, I want to talk about […]

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Sep 12th, 2013

Find Out What Treasures We'll Have at the Fall Plant Sale!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden It’s that time of year  that I look forward to every year — our annual Fall Plant Sale is next week, September 20 – 21st. The Fall Plant sale is great opportunity to get some wonderful bargains. But what’s really special is you can buy plants […]

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Sep 3rd, 2013

Butterfly of the Month: Paper Kites

by Kendra Norrell, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  The Butterfly of the Month for September is the Paper Kite Butterfly (Idea leuconoe). If you have seen Paper Kites at Butterflies LIVE!  in the Conservatory, there are a few things that you  might have noticed: we have a lot of Paper Kites in the exhibit, they really […]

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Aug 28th, 2013

What's Your Favorite Butterfly?

by Sally Stockslager, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden In the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit my favorite butterfly changes like the weather changes. This week the Philaethria dido or Scarce Bamboo Page butterfly has caught my heart. Green is an uncommon color in the butterfly word so it stands out among its peers. This butterfly […]

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Aug 21st, 2013

A Crown Jewel

By Sally Stockslager, Assistant Butterfly Curator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Ever wonder what the butterflies in our Butterflies LIVE! exhibit think of people gawking at them? Some days they decide to gawk back–and even choose a guest of the day. It was a difficult decision, but they decided to crown this young lady Miss […]

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Aug 3rd, 2013

The Gift of Luna

by Jane Cramer, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you enjoy National Moth Week?   At  Butterflies LIVE! we love moths.  You may have  read about our Luna moth caterpillars in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit or seen them, but did you know there is a story behind them?  The Garden’s naturalist friend, Linda McBride, […]

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Aug 1st, 2013

An Insider's View of Butterflies LIVE!

by Sally Stockslager, Assistant Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As an assistant butterfly curator in the house of butterflies aka  Butterflies LIVE!  I wear many hats. Sometimes I am a  gardener, teacher or butterfly body guard. The variety in my job lends to many interesting observations.  The hot, humid conditions are designed with the […]

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Jul 26th, 2013

A Perfect Garden Wedding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Editor’s Note: One thing we haven’t written much about on this blog is weddings. But, we love to host weddings! And for some, especially out-of-town guests, it’s a visitors first introduction to the Garden, so we want to make a good impression. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was named, a “Best of Weddings 2010 Winner” by The […]

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Jul 12th, 2013

Butterflies have Scales? Really!

by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Butterfly Team  Butterfly wings are covered in many tiny scales that overlap like shingles on a roof. Scales come in many different shapes and in the past, have been used to classify butterflies. The different colors are either produced by the pigments contained in the caterpillar’s diet or by the […]

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Jul 11th, 2013

A Tale of Two Butterflies — Totally the Same, Yet Completely Different!

By Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Identifying butterflies can be a challenge when so many look similar, but the differences can make it tricky, too. Some butterflies are dimorphic, which means the male and female look very different. Take this pair of great yellow Mormons (Papilio lowii) – they look nothing […]

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